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Letter

Sending Office: McCollum, Betty
Sent By:
Trish.Palermo@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Cosponsor the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act (H.R. 1128)

Cosponsors (47): Don Young*, Tom Cole*, Dina Titus*, Ben Lujan*, Bonnie Watson Coleman*, Markwayne Mullin*, Raul Ruiz*, Debra Haaland*, Raul Grijalva*, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, David Schweikert, Ken Calvert, Tom O Halleran , Abby Finkenauer,
Jared Huffman, Charlie Crist, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ruben Gallego, Cynthia Axne, Steven Horsford, Tony Cardenas, Mike Simpson, Dennis Heck, Haley Stevens, Debbie Dingell, Joe Kennedy, John Moolenaar, Kendra Horn, Ron Kind, Jaime Herrera Beutler,
Angie Craig, John Garamendi, Derek Kilmer, Kelly Armstrong, Sharice Davids, Elise Stefanik, Brenda Lawrence, Doug LaMalfa, Ted Lieu, Alcee Hastings, Gwen Moore, Brian Fitzpatrick, Steve Cohen, Nanette Diaz Barragán, Peter DeFazio, Ro Khanna

Endorsed by: Congressional Native American Caucus, National Indian Health Board, United South and Eastern Tribes, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, The Navajo Nation, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Port S’Klallam
Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa 

Dear Colleague:                                      

We invite you to cosponsor H.R.1128, the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act, a legislative fix to address the disproportionate harm that delays in federal funding cause throughout Indian Country. The 35-day partial government
shutdown put a tragic spotlight on the clear need for advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service (IHS) and for the Bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Education (BIA and BIE). Basic everyday needs like health clinics, tribal justice services, and
social services for children, families, and seniors went unfunded, putting Native American communities at risk. These programs are critical to life, health, and safety in these communities, and the federal government has a legal and moral responsibility to
ensure funding for our trust and treaty responsibilities is not interrupted. Advance appropriations for Indian Country are a promising avenue to ensure that the nation can better meet its commitment to uphold trust and treaty responsibilities.

The Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act would authorize advance appropriations for essential tribal services funded by the federal government. The IHS, BIA, and BIE fund many critical public services within tribal
nations, including hospitals, schools, law enforcement, child welfare programs, and more. H.R. 1128 would allow for advance appropriations for these agencies, providing tribal nations with a stable budget to fulfill federal trust obligations. Advance funding
would reduce the significant harm and hardship any future shutdown would cause for Native communities.

The House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act on September 25th, 2019, where the Honorable Aaron Payment, First Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians, testified,
“Advance appropriations for IHS and BIA will enable the federal government to uphold its treaty and trust obligations to tribal nations by helping to insulate tribal communities from the harmful impacts caused by impasses in the federal budget process.” Providing
federal funds for these programs a full year in advance will ensure that the nation can better meet its commitment to our Native American brothers and sisters.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this legislation, please contact Trish Palermo with Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s Office at trish.palermo@mail.house.gov

Sincerely,

Betty McCollum

Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Appropriations, Education, HealthCare, Natural Resources

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 1128
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